By John Anderson
Despite championships in the last two seasons, the grade 8, A division boys fell to Douglas in the semi-final of the South Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League. Auburn was ranked #3 with a 9-3 record while Douglas was #2 with a 11-1 record.
The team is coached by Matt Benoit and Nicholas Hamelin, and the players are Jared Ullstrom, Cody Adams, Nick Gonyea, Michael Bean, Tommy Messina, Jason Henry, Mike Dellostritto, Jack Laperle, Brendan Coomey and Jack Froio.
Douglas had this game from the start with solid shooting and a very aggressive defense. Auburn was down 25-14 at the half, and things only got worse. A couple of pushes got them close, but fouls took them down in the end as their season ended with a 59-36 loss.
Cody Adams led the team with 13 points, and Jared Ullstrom had 11. Jason Henry followed with 9.
While Coach Benoit was disappointed with the loss, he said, “We’re working very hard to improve the feed to the high school program.”